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Micardis (telmisartan)

Prescription only

Zestril (lisinopril)

Prescription only
Lowers blood pressure.

Micardis (telmisartan) is a good blood pressure-lowering medicine that protects your kidneys and has few side effects.

Lowers blood pressure.

Zestril (lisinopril) is a good blood pressure-lowering medicine that protects kidney function.

3.8/ 5 average rating with 687 reviewsforLisinopril
Upsides
  • Micardis (telmisartan) lowers your risk of heart attack and stroke.
  • It's similar to ACE inhibitors (like lisinopril), but it doesn't cause the same side effects like coughing.
  • Protects kidney function, which is especially useful for people with diabetes or mild-to-moderate kidney disease.
  • A first-choice blood pressure treatment for many people.
  • Lowers the risk of heart attack and stroke.
  • Protects kidney function, which is especially useful for people with diabetes or mild-to-moderate kidney disease.
  • Recommended for anyone with heart failure since it lowers the risk of death and further damage to your heart.
  • Very cheap drug, and comes available as a liquid for children over 6 years of age.
Downsides
  • You'll need to get regular blood tests while taking Micardis (telmisartan) to see how it is affecting your body.
  • It's not safe to use Micardis (telmisartan) if you're pregnant.
  • Micardis (telmisartan) can cause the level of potassium in your blood to go up.
  • You'll need to get medical help if you notice any unusual swelling around your head and neck.
  • Micardis (telmisartan) is eliminated by the liver, so people who have liver problems should use it carefully.
  • Up to 10% of people can get a dry cough while using this medicine. It ranges from a mild tickle in the throat to a persistent hacking cough.
  • Requires a yearly blood test to see how the medicine is affecting your body.
  • Zestril (lisinopril) isn't safe to use if you're pregnant.
  • Doesn't work as well in people of African descent, and can cause a greater chance of face, tongue, or lip swelling.
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  • Liquid
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Side effects
4possible side effects
  • Common cold
    7%
  • Back pain
    3%
  • Sinus infection
    3%
  • Diarrhea
    3%
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1possible side effects
  • Low blood pressure
    5%
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Risks and risk factors
  • Harm to fetus
    • Women of childbearing age
  • Worsening kidney problems
    • History of kidney problems
  • Swelling of face and head
    • African descent
  • Heart problems due to high potassium
    • Current kidney problems
    • Medicine that increase potassium
    • Use of salt substitutes
  • Low blood pressure
    • Taking with alcohol
    • Taking other medicines that lower your blood pressure
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  • Harm to fetus
    • Women of childbearing age
  • Cough
  • Swelling of face and head
    • African descent
  • High potassium
    • Current kidney problems
    • Medicines that increase potassium
    • Use of salt substitutes
  • Worsening kidney problems
    • History of kidney problems
  • Low blood pressure
    • Taking with alcohol
    • Taking other medicines that lower your blood pressure
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